Which theory do you follow? What are your reasons for following it? Have you seriously considered your beliefs? This chart has given me food for thought. An excellent book!

The Simple and Complex Theories of Reading

A teacher with a simple ,or item based ,theory is more likely to do the following: A teacher with a complex, or literacy processing, theory is more likely to do the following:
  • Value assessment tools heavily based on quantifying systems-numbers or levels that indicate whether a child is at grade level, above or below
  • Choose a focus for a lesson based on grade level lists, curriculum guides, basal reading charts, or state standard lists
  • Use independent reading time so children can learn how to read more books, add more sight words to their repertoire ,develop vocabulary and practice phonics skills
  • Believe that struggling readers need more practice time on skill and drill phonics tasks, word lists , spelling lists and so on..
  • Use ongoing assessment tools, such as running records that when analyzed properly give information about the way the child is processing text in order to inform instruction
  • Choose a focus for a lesson based on what the children need, keeping reading process in mind as well as school and state curriculum standards in mind
  • Use independent reading time so that children use their thinking system of strategies in an integrated way to make meaning and solve problems; believe that the more children use their strategies, the stronger their system will become
  • Believe struggling readers need support and practice building a reading process system while reading and writing continuous texts

Catching Readers Before They Fall (Supporting Readers Who Struggle k-4)   Page 26

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